FEATURE REQUEST: disabling orange in budget panel

Please, please, please can you put something  where the user can disable the orange in the budget panel - especially in the browser version?

It's getting to me that the software assumption is that everyone has a  lump sum coming in at a given point in the month. 

I don't,  I will never have in the forseeable future, have that nirvana. I don't want reminding of that fact. 😢

Edit 1:

I know how to budget for the fortnight that spans the empty week, and I can do it without being told that I've not put all of the month's amounts in at one go. If I did that, every month  I'd default on some important monthly outgoings and over time my credit rating would drop through the floor - precisely the opposite of what YNAB is about.

So, guys, come up with a workaround  - I know there's the Edit in that infernal third panel where I can hide the info, but there is still the equally infernal ORANGE!!!!!!! 😢

I need to turn it OFF.

Edit 2:

If you hide the categories they go into "Hidden Categories" - no use to me at all.😢

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  • It's unlikely they will modify that feature. The orange is a warning that your category is currently underfunded based on future scheduled transactions (or goals, though i wish goals were a different color). It's a reminder that you either need to add more money to the category now or that if you are expecting additional income during the month then when you receive it you'll need to budget more to those categories.

    If the transactions are going to happen before you receive new income, then you'll need to budget for them with money you currently have.

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  • nolesrule said:
    If the transactions are going to happen before you receive new income, then you'll need to budget for them with money you currently have.

     That is what I've done - see below. I've budgeted for this week and I've put enough to cover next week. In my mind that makes it in credit which is why it is a source of major irritation.

     

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      • Helen1958
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      • Maroon_Admiral
      • 2 yrs ago
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      A PS to my reply: all I'm asking for is the ability to turn the top of the third column off if I want to, nothing more.

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    • Jen_c
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    Hi there! I hope we can get this working for you.

    You said, It's getting to me that the software assumption is that everyone has a  lump sum coming in at a given point in the month. 

    It makes sense that you're feeling that discord between YNAB's assumptions and your budget, because there is a bit of discomfort built in if you haven't yet leveled up to Rule Four: Age Your Money.

    YNAB doesn't assume you get a lump sum each month -- we hope that it comes across how it's ideal for living with variable income! You will see orange in your budget, though, if you're in the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle.

    That means, if you're waiting on a paycheck to come in so that you can budget it right away, there are going to be orange warnings in your budget. They may be helpful (to remind you where to budget that income when it does come in), or potentially annoying if you're like me and you want to get everything green.

    We hope that little bit of irritation lights a fire in you to age your money bit by bit, so that you can one day budget a whole month at once and look out upon a sea of green and gray in your budget. 

    If you know it's going to be a long haul until you get there, I'd encourage you to lean on this forum -- maybe create a journal to gather support from other YNABers who have been there, and who can cheer you along as you mark steps along the way.  

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  • Jen said:
    That means, if you're waiting on a paycheck to come in so that you can budget it right away, there are going to be orange warnings in your budget. They may be helpful (to remind you where to budget that income when it does come in), or potentially annoying if you're like me and you want to get everything green.

     They annoy the hell out of me, as does the top bit of the third column of the web-based version. I think it's not helped by me migrating from Y4 where there no colours. I get that many newer users find it helpful, but  as I've said up above your post, I can rarely get ahead further than 9 days, particularly when it's the 'skint' week coming up. I know how I budget best given my situation so colour-coding isn't at all helpful to me.

    Actually I'm starting to realise that part of the problem I have with the orange is the actual shade of orange. My brain is reacting to that, not just in the actual budget but the infernal top part of column three, the bit that gives the breakdown of how much that category needs to break even.

    Yes, I probably don't budget precisely according to  the 4 rules. Certainly I move things between pockets off-budget because I know myself: if my budget amount says I have, say, £300, I'll forget that £275 of it is Savings and not to be spent willy-nilly. The only way I can save a little bit is by having off-budget pockets that reflect my banking in life.

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  • Jen said:
    YNAB doesn't assume you get a lump sum each month -- we hope that it comes across how it's ideal for living with variable income! You will see orange in your budget, though, if you're in the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle.

    I absolutely love the fact that YNAB3 taught me what money actually was, and gave me the understanding to be able to spread my put-aside outgoings through the month so I  didn't have a block of days where it was either save, pay bills or eat. Now 6 full years on I know what days I don't have anything preplanned going out or coming in.

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